Memphis Redbirds 10, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale 2-for-3, HR (1); 3B Diego Goris 2-for-3, RHP Dinelson Lamet 4IP, 7H, 7R (5ER), 3K, 3BB, HBP; RHP Christian Bethancourt 1.2IP, 2H, 0R, 1K, 0BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: On paper, Saturday was supposed to be a pitcher's duel as Dinelson Lamet took the mound against Luke Weaver. But Lamet struggled with command early and was hit around pretty hard as the Redbirds cruised to a 10-1 victory. For Lamet, it was the second rough start in three outings, a stretch that comes on the heels of his stellar April. The big righty allowed 11 runners to reach safely in just four innings and struck out only three. Even with the difficult night, Lamet's ERA has only moved up to 3.55 on the season. ... While Lamet struggled, fellow righty Weaver kept the Chihuahuas offense in check all night, giving up just one run and striking out nine. The run came on a fifth-inning home run by catcher Rocky Gale, who pulled his first homer of the year. While defense and game management are his calling cards, Gale - the 29-year-old son of long-time scout Paul Gale - is now hitting .284 for the year. ... Christian Bethancourt had dual successes on the night. He worked 1.2 scoreless innings - just the second time he hasn't allowed a run since being sent out from the big league club - and also had a double in his lone trip to the plate.
Missions 2, Frisco RoughRiders 0
Key Statistics: RHP Kyle Lloyd 9IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, 1BB, WP; LF Nick Torres 2-for-3, HR (3); RF Franmil Reyes 1-for-4, 2B, R
Prospect Watch: Kyle Lloyd threw a nine-inning no-hitter on Sunday, blanking Frisco for the first complete game no-hitter by the Missions since Rick Goulding in 1979 and first solo no-hitter at any level in the Padres organization since Simon Castro threw a seven-inning no-no in 2009. Lloyd, 26, needed only 94 pitches to complete the feat. All that stood between the righty and a perfect game were a leadoff walk in the second inning, and a third strike wild pitch that put a runner on in the fifth. The Padres' 29th-round pick in 2013, Lloyd got 17 groundball outs, three strikeouts and a pair of pop-ups on the infield on the day. When we talked to Lloyd in San Antonio earlier this month, he talked about the importance of adding a slider into the mix with his always-devastating split-fingered fastball. Because his fastball, splitter and slider all have downward action with different horizontal movement, when he's on, Lloyd can truly frustrate opponents, who are hitting just .198 against him on the year. The last Missions no-hitter was shared by James Needy and two relievers on July 30, 2014. ... With Lloyd cruising, the Missions got the only run they'd need in the second when Franmil Reyes led off with a double and came around on an RBI single by Ty France, who joined the club yesterday. Reyes is now third on the circuit with 11 doubles in 34 games on the year.
Modesto Nuts 2 - Storm 1
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 2-for-3; DH Josh Naylor 2-for-4, SB (5); RHP Chris Huffman 7IP, 8H, 2ER, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Mariners' top prospect Nick Neidert kept the Storm in check for his second consecutive outing Saturday as Lake Elsinore managed only three singles and a scratch run against the 20-year-old over six innings. The Storm struck out 10 times against Neidert and 13 times overall and cobbled together just six total hits on the night. Josh Naylor had a pair of singles and Michael Gettys had a fourth-inning RBI single as both extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. Gettys told us yesterday about the improved health that's leading to his improved production... With the offense held in check, righty Chris Huffman was the tough-luck loser on Saturday. Huffman gave up only two earned runs on eight hits over seven innings, a week after he only lasted 1.2 innings against the Nuts. On the year, the 24-year-old Virginian has a 25:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37.2 innings and continues to get nearly twice as many groundballs as flyouts.
Beloit Snappers 10 - TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 1-for-4, BB, RBI, 2E (11); DH Jorge Ona 2-for-5, 2B; CF Rod Boykin 1-for-3, BB, R; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 2IP, 8H, 7ER, 3K, 1BB, WP
Prospect Watch: TinCaps starter Hansel Rodriguez was knocked around for seven runs on eight hits in only two innings. The loose-armed righty has seen his ERA nearly double over his last three outings as he's been too one-dimensional with his fastball. The 20-year-old, acquired from Toronto last summer, had a 10:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first three outings, but has issued 11 free passes against 12 strikeouts - not to mention 14 runs - over his last 11.2 innings of work across three outings. ... Fernando Tatis extended his hitting streak to nine games, a stretch over which he's raised his OPS 94 points. But Tatis also committed a pair of errors and now has a league-high 11 on the year. As is often the case with young, strong-armed infielders, some of those have come on balls he should have just kept in his back pocket, and his defense looks much less garish through the lens of Clay Davenport's minor league defensive metrics. ... After an 0-fer in his first game back off the disabled list, Jorge Ona has hit in four straight games. His .798 OPS is good for second on the club behind Brad Zunica.
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